FitDog Friday~Training

This week was hunt test training training training. Since Gambler didn’t fair to well with last weekends hunt test we have been busy training him for his hunt test tomorrow. This means that Glory gets trained too. She doesn’t get to compete yet since she is just getting over her heat cycle and you can’t run in a hunt test if you are in heat so she gets to just train. We trained in our hay field that is quite tall so they got their exercise pushing through the cover.

Here are some of the pictures I took.

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The gang has also been swimming to keep in shape. What has your gang been doing to keep in shape?

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FitDog Friday~Attended A Training Seminar

This weeks FitDog exercise was attending a Bill Hillman retriever seminar and a couple of miscellaneous exercises. We were able to get our dog out that needed help and work it. I brought Glory and Gambler with me. Glory got to get out in front of the crowd and was helped with learning “swim by”. Gambler got out to just play. Saturday night Gambler got a Birthday duck so these are the pictures from then.

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Here is a picture of Glory and I about to do “swim by”. These pictures were taken by: Sherie Korelitz Catledge

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Group Chessie photo.

Group Chessie photo.

After the seminar we had a little water training session at our house on Sunday. Our new friend’s from 2browndawgs came and trained with us. Only Gambler got to train as the storm came up and cut our training session short. We still got some good exercise in this weekend.

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FitDog Friday~The Second Chance Fund

Looking for a way to keep your dog fit during the weekend? Check out your local event’s that are dog friendly and go join them. Most Humane Society’s and Rescue groups have fund raisers during the spring and summer months that include walks for you and your pet. It is a way to raise money for their organization, it gives you and your pet something to do on the weekend and keeps you both fit. A win win situation for everyone involved.

This past weekend I joined The Second Chance Fund for their annual Doggie Dash. A 2 mile walk or run if you would like with your dog(s).

I took both Gambler and Glory.

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Glory with her silly fish glasses on.

Glory with her silly fish glasses on.

Gambler with his silly glasses on.

Gambler with his silly glasses on.

And we're off.

And we’re off.

So many people and their dogs.

So many people and their dogs.

Half way done.

Half way done.

The walking group.

The walking group.

Gambler wanted to play with all the other dogs at the walk. A fun event to meet new people and their dogs as well as doing something fit.

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FitDog Friday~Ducks and Pink Bumpers

This weekend we did some land and water training, the dogs were getting fit in both venues. Today’s pictures were taken on our land training. We used ducks on the marks and then pink bumpers for the blinds.

 

Glory taking off.

Glory taking off.

When doesn't line the mark she needs to run and hunt it up.

When doesn’t line the mark she needs to run and hunt it up.

Got it.

Got it.

Another mark and retrieve.

Another mark and retrieve.

Head shot before the blind.

Head shot before the blind.

The blind and the pink bumper.

The blind and the pink bumper.

Gambler the power house.

Gambler the power house.

Taking a pivot to get back on track.

Taking a pivot to get back on track.

Coming in.

Coming in.

For the most part when training and running marks the dogs do several sprints and then a long run-hunt may happen when they lose track of where the bird went. With blinds there may be several starts and stops with pivots to get their next cast. So they are working several muscles and doing several types of fitness when out training.

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FitDog Friday~Pheasants For Marks

First off to our host at FitDog Friday Blog Hop:

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This past weekend we decided to use all our pheasants we had left in the pen. This time we didn’t let the dogs hunt’em up like they did all winter (which is what pheasant hunting is about). This time we set up a mock hunt test and used the pheasants as live flyers. Once again John was out in the field shooting a double with the pheasants, there was a blind set up also. I was handling the gang. All three dogs got to have some training.

Nellie was first:

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Second was Glory:

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Third was Gambler:

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They all did very well. I was super happy with Gambler as he had his double then John shot a single which I let go as a poison bird (he was told no bird and wasn’t able to pick up that bird) and ran a blind, after the blind then he went back and picked up the mark.

Whatcha doing Gman?

Whatcha doing Gman?

You got a feather in your mouth.

You got a feather in your mouth.

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We had a great training day. If the weather would just say nice and warm so we can continue getting some training in for the upcoming hunt tests.

Stop back tomorrow to find out what one of Norman’s daughters accomplished.

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Sand Spring Chesapeakes is joining the Pet Parade also this week!

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Hosted by: Rascal and RoccoJan’s Funny FarmBasil the Bionic CatBarking From The Bayou and Love Is Being Owned By A Husky.

Here is what Love Is Being Owned By A Husky (Jenna along with Melissa from Barking From The Bayou are the new co-hosts)  says about the hop: So please feel free to link up and party with us! 
Parade you fav pet photo’s , stories , ANYTHING you want! The only rule is . . . .
There are no rules!
And that’s the way we like it! Who needs rules at a party anyhow?
BUT it is always a good idea to link back to your hosts, and maybe even give them a follow!

Also, this hop consists mostly of kitties , there are a couple doggies that are involved, but the majority are kitties, so one of the reasons Melissa and are now co hosting is to let you all know that this hop is DOG FURIENDLY as well!  

FitDog Friday~First Training Day Of Season

This weekend we finally had our first training day of the season. It was still very cold out but we bundled up and braved the coldness and set up some actual hunt test marks. John was the gunner and I was the handler. He did a double from the same station, what we call a mom and pop. One bird gets thrown one way and the other bird gets thrown the other way to make it a double mark. After the marks were picked up there were two blind set up that the dogs had to get by being directed by my hand signals. Both dogs were super excited to finally be out training.

Glory was first:

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We are working on Glory being steady and doing doubles with her. Since she will be running AKC Senior hunt tests and UKC Seasoned tests this year those are the things she needs to do as well as run one blind. She was so excited on the first live flyer she broke (she went and got the bird before I could send her and before the other bird was thrown). We repeated the series and she did much better without breaking. I ran two blinds with her and she did them very well. Now we know what needs work right off the bat.

Up next was Gambler:

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Gambler did very well also for his first time out. He sat rock solid on the first mark, sat solid on the second mark then he couldn’t take it as I was taking too long to release him and he broke. I got him back right away and made him sit there and then let him go. He flew out there as fast as he could and flew back so he could go out and get the other bird. His blinds were very good also.

Last but not least Nellie’s turn:

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Nellie is run just for fun and so she can get some exercise in. She still needs to mind her manners and do things the right way but we are a little more lax with her. She still has it for a old gal. Hopefully her extra pounds will come off a little easier this spring and summer during training season.

Now onto our Resolve To Move Your Mutt blog hop that we joined at the end of last year. We are finishing up on the first quarter of the year of the resolution.

Remember this picture I submitted?

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Glory’s resolution was to keep exercising and stay fit with hunt test training. Well we haven’t done much hunt test training this winter as it has been super cold and had massive amounts of snow. She kept fit by just running in the snow. I think she is fit for taking the winter off.

Gambler’s resolution was to  eat more and gain a couple of pounds and to stay fit. I did feed Gambler a bit more this winter but then he decided he didn’t want to eat some of his meals so this was challenging. She might of put on a pound but not much more than that. He is still very muscular and very fit.

Nellie’s resolution was to eat less, walk more, loose more weight and to be fit. Nellie and I have failed so far with her resolution. She did get out and exercise a little bit but the calories she burned were put back on by her disappearing acts of running off when outside to go potty and snack on anything she could find, so no weight loss this winter. We will try harder this next quarter.

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FitDog Friday~Pheasant Fitness

Our FitDog fitness this week was 2 days of Pheasant Fitness. We still have some pheasants in our pens so we thought since it was a nice weekend we should put some pheasants out and let the dogs get in some pheasant hunting while staying fit. The dogs of course were so excited that they finally got to get out and do a little hunting. It’s been a long cold snowy winter here so not much hunting going on for the SS gang.

Nellie burning rubber to get to the marsh.

Nellie burning rubber to get to the marsh.

Coming out of the tall grass.

Coming out of the tall grass.

Taking a breather.

Taking a breather.

I think I smell a bird.

I think I smell a bird.

I think it is in here.

Glory’s turn. I think it is in here.

Mom it really is in here.

Mom it really is in here.

Told you!

Told you!

Gambler had the most fitness as his bird got away.

Gambler had the most fitness as his bird got away.

Still has energy to jump into the grass.

Still has energy to jump into the grass.

Still going strong.

Still going strong.

So happy to be out and about getting fit.

So happy to be out and about getting fit.

Since it is spring now, training season is right around the corner so keeping fit will be happening more often around here.

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